Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their award-winning roles in the hilariously funny film of the record-breaking Broadway smash-hit. Scheming producer Max Bialystock (Lane) and his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (Broderick), discover that under the right circumstances they could make more money by producing a Broadway flop than they can with a hit. But what will they do when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise sensation? Co-starring sexy Uma Thurman and comedy genius Will Ferrell, The Producers is a fun-filled, side-splitting comedy.
The highlight of the DVD is Nathan Lane's complete performance of "The King of Broadway," one of eight scenes offered here that were cut from the film. Most of the others are extensions and reprises of musical numbers, but there's not a lemon in the bunch. Also on the DVD are 15 minutes of outtakes that aren't quite as funny as one would imagine, and a 16-minute examination of the "I Wanna Be a Producer" number, including how the scene was reworked for the movie and the costumes of the "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls." Director-choreographer Susan Stroman's commentary track sounds scripted, but offers good information like explaining Mel Brooks's inside jokes and pointing out the Broadway actors who played bit parts. --David Horiuchi